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Chaz Palminteri mobs up

Thesp joins 'Gotti' cast

Fiore Films has signed Chazz Palminteri to play Mafia boss Paul Castellano in its feature film “Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father” alongside Ben Foster, John Travolta, Al Pacino and Kelly Preston.

Barry Levinson is directing the biopic from a script he co-wrote with James Toback, with pre-production set for September and lensing to begin in New York on Jan. 3.

“I have seen this film come together from the very start and am pleased to be able to work alongside such great talent to bring this story to the bigscreen,” Palminteri said. “I have been a longtime admirer of Barry Levinson and am looking forward to working with him.”

Palminteri wrote and starred in 1993’s “A Bronx Tale,” a semi-autobiographical account of his childhood in New York with Robert De Niro directing. He later created a one-man show based on the film; other film credits include “Analyze This,” “The Usual Suspects” and “Bullets Over Broadway.”

Fiore Films acquired life rights last year from John Gotti Jr., son of the late mob boss John Gotti, to the story of his life with his father. Pic will focus on the relationship between a father who lived and died by the mob code and a son who chose to leave that world behind.

Castellano succeeded Carlo Gambino as head of the Gambino crime family. After Castellano’s murder in 1985, John Gotti became head of the crime family.

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